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In 1956, a dust of mysterious plant spores blew into the town of Santa Mira, California. That’s when things started getting weird. Big green pods started growing around town. Even stranger, local psychiatrists suddenly had an influx of visits from people who lived in the community. Each patient suffered from a condition called Capgras delusion—when you believe someone you know ...
Have you ever gotten ripped off by a cab driver in Cancun? I have. The driver sitting outside the airport claimed to have the best price. I knew neither how far the hotel really was nor how many pesos were in a dollar. He spoked quickly and claimed he couldn’t understand my moderate-level Spanish. (Okay, he may not have been lying about that.
AMC just announced that The Night of the Gun, the memoir of late New York Times writer David Carr, will become a TV mini-series starring Bob Odenkirk. It’s about damn time. Carr was one of his generation’s best journalists and a personal inspiration to me and countless others. The Night of the Gun was perhaps the best thing he wrote.
How important is originality in filmmaking? Instead of heading to the theater for Batman vs. Superman or My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 last week, I took a painstaking look at the data on 600 recent movie sequels to find out. This is apparently how nerds spend their spare time.[footnote]My colleague Greta inadvertently joined the nerd ranks by spending her weekend helping me compile the data.
Who would you rather have as your president: Donald Trump or a burrito from Chipotle? On March 2, after Trump swept the Republican party’s Super Tuesday primary elections, I conducted a statistically significant 1 national poll of 402 registered voters from around the United States asking that very question. The voters were almost split 50/50.
The prevailing media narrative for the last two U.S. presidential elections confirms what our high school math teachers always told us: It pays to be nice to nerds. Technology, from social media to “big data,” has become the new key to campaign success. This narrative even holds true for political pundits—some people now refer to data geeks like FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver a ...
It’s too late to put the toothpaste back in the tube when it comes to race and this year’s Oscars, but data might be able to help us figure out how to address the race issue in Hollywood. Professional racism is not a new thing in the movie business, or the whole of American business for that matter.